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Toyota Corolla 1997

4
reviewed by Anonymous on 11 April 2019
4
reviewed by Geoffrey Courtney on 11 April 2019
5
reviewed by Mickireland on 11 July 2015
5
reviewed by daniaizen on 16 October 2014
5

1.4 VVti

reviewed by nopy99 on 4 September 2014
5
Overall rating
3
How it drives
5
Fuel economy
4
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
5
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
How practical it is
5
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Humdrum reliability

Had this car for 4 years and done about 30k in it mostly local runs. The car now is sitting at 112k.

Mine is British built. cant say i have had many problems with it.

Good
MASSIVE boot and storage with seats down
fuel economy very very good (55 mpg on motorway 39 in town for a 14 year old car !)
Aircon
ultra reliable
No rust at all
Never failed an MOT.


Bad
Looks ugly
Boring
struggles on the motor way.
lots of road noise at 70 mph


It burns oil as do most VVTi's now but a stock of cheapo bulk oil has kept it running nicely and its no big drama to top up the oil for me once a month.

Faults encountered (but it is 15 years old now)
1) Wiper linkage broke. DIY fix - cost zero
2) 1 coil pack blown. Parts £40 - DIY installation
3) seized Calliper pin - DIY FIX bit of WD 40 - cost zero
4) Roof lining near the rear peeled down - Stuck with contact adhesive - cost £2.50
5) window arm worked loose - DIY fix - open door card tightened mechanism - cost zero

As you can see, this car costs next to nothing to maintain if you are willing to tinker a bit and follow a Haynes manual.

Still loads on the road as they refuse to die.

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